LSU professor charged with theft, forgery and malfeasance
BATON ROUGE - An LSU professor is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail on a $98,000 bond.
Todd Shupe was booked Friday on 98 charges related to fraud and theft. When arrested, Shupe was a member of the faculty at the LSU Ag Center.
According to a university website, Shupe specializes in wood science, properties and qualities of wood.
Wood was among the items Shupe is accused of stealing, according to arrest documents obtained by WBRZ late Friday night. Police wrote in a report, Shupe donated wood purchased by LSU to a church.
Shupe is also alleged to have forged travel documents.
In all, investigators said the theft amounts to almost $16,500.
LSU Police handled the investigation after being tipped to illegal behavior.
"We are aware of the allegations involving Dr. Todd Shupe. Once we discovered the transactions of concern, we self-reported to authorities, and we cooperated fully and assisted with the investigation," LSU Vice President for Agriculture, Bill Richardson, said in a statement. "Fraud and misappropriation of funds are serious offenses, and we will conduct a thorough review of our processes to ensure this won't happen again."
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